Budget Woes Overshadow General Assembly

The Governor has already sounded the alarm that lawmakers need to pay attention to the state's bleak financial condition. Some lawmakers agree.

"In my 22 years, [it is] one of the toughest situations as far as the budget goes. In the shortfall of revenue since I've been here," says House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook.

Legislators are being told the state's coffers don't have $500 million it needs to meet services. There is word that education could take a hit, even kindergarten through 12th grades.

But most here say they hope schools for the youngest Kentuckians don't suffer.

"By the same token, I think everything is on the table when the legislature is in session. Hopefully we will be able to meet the needs of education," says Rep. Danny Ford, R-Mt. Vernon.

Multiple lawmakers are asking for teacher raises; some want a sales tax holiday for certain times of the year. Another wants a mandate that college tuition won't increase for several years. But many here say many of the 300 plus pre filed bills are overshadowed by the state spending plan.


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  • by Been There Location: Central Kentucky on Jan 10, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    Sure, let teachers learn to take care of a family for 20-25 thousand dollars annually. They went to school,(most of them for five post secondary years) so they should have learned to work miracles. Then again, maybe the more gifted of the group, tired of the lack of support and respect, will cross the river to the north and almost double their salaries. Kentucky cannot find enough science and math teachers now. Do you suppose these people are going to turn a deaf ear when Monsanto, etc. come calling- offering a much more lucrative salary. Now, before you say that teachers should teach primarily for the love of children - remember that they have children too. Perhaps they would like to be able to send their children to a distinguished university some day. So, let just pick up anyone to fill our class rooms. I can assure you that the best and most ambitious will not be available at the salaries this state is willing to pay. I've seen it happen. I know where of I speak.
  • by Anonymous Location: Maysville on Jan 9, 2008 at 08:27 AM
    I would say cut the tranportation cabinet because it seems the work that they are doing to our roads isn't any good in the first place. Secondly they waste so much money with moving a perfectly good road to the opposite side of a creek for no reason at all. This happened in Fleming County on Mt. Sterling Road.
  • by Anonymous Location: Maysville on Jan 8, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    People wanting teachers to get a raise again, how about other state employee's such as SOCIAL WORKERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AMONG OTHERS WHO HAVEN'T SEEN A SIGNIFICANT RAISE IN YEARS!!!!!!!!! LET THE TEACHERS REMAIN THE SAME FOR A WHILE AND LET SOMEONE ELSE HAVE THE REWARDS FOR DOING GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by steve on Jan 8, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    Was this the governor that ran on education oh man now he cuts the crap out of it man how times change as soon as the power gets in a ultra libs hands i will laugh the next 4 years HAHAHAHAHA! You dems got what you wanted HAHAHAHA!

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